Wave of crises puts European dream at risk

Hungarian troops stand guard at the official border crossing between Beremend, Hungary and Baranjsko Petrovo Selo, Croatia on September 19, 2015The EU’s founding father Jean Monnet wrote in his memoirs that “Europe will be forged in crises” — but a recent storm of troubles risks tearing the continent apart instead of bringing it together. If they fail to bridge their differences, officials and analysts warn that the principles forged in a bid to build a new Europe from the ashes of World War II are in jeopardy. “This is now threatening the heart of Europe and the core of the European project,” Guy Verhofstadt, the former prime minister of Belgium who now leads the Liberal group in the European Parliament, told AFP.

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